Articles by Bonnie Washuk


State budget means towns, cities must cut services or raise taxes, MMA says

By Bonnie Washuk on June 28, 2013, at 7:07 a.m.

Lewiston looks for ways to preserve school choice

By Bonnie Washuk on June 04, 2013, at 6:05 a.m.
Lewiston Middle School Principal Shawn Chabot shows off an artist's rendition of the renovated school. The three-story addition in the front will allow for a more secure entrance on the first floor, a library on the second and new classrooms on the third. Meanwhile the entire interior will get a facelift. The $9.1 million project, paid for by property taxes, will begin in June and be completed by January 2014.

Renovation of historic Lewiston Middle School to begin in June

By Bonnie Washuk on May 28, 2013, at 5:53 a.m.
Spencer Simoneau, who will attend Southern Maine Community College in the fall to study criminal justice, has been working since the ninth grade to achieve his goals of working in public service. As early as 10th grade, he took a class to become an EMT. Today he works as a professional firefighter for the town of Poland. He's already earned college credit while at Lewiston High School.

Success story: Young firefighter has eyes set on first responder career

By Bonnie Washuk on May 27, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.
Sisters Rahma, left, and Fatuma Haji will graduate Friday from Lewiston High School. They will be the first generation of their family to go to college.

Success story: Graduating Lewiston sisters credit dad for helping them get where they are

By Bonnie Washuk on May 27, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.

Maine official: State funding for a new Edward Little High School ‘isn’t hopeless’

By Bonnie Washuk on May 25, 2013, at 5:57 a.m.
Zam Zam Mohamud votes for her first time Tuesday as a member of the Lewiston School Committee.

Lewiston’s Zam Zam Mohamud becomes first Somali immigrant on school board

By Bonnie Washuk on May 17, 2013, at 6:22 a.m.
Autumn Michaud, 6, a first-grader at East Auburn Community School, works on math problems using an iPad tablet computer in teacher June Simard's class in 2012.

Auburn schools reject state’s laptop choice, go with iPads for students

By Bonnie Washuk on May 16, 2013, at 6:33 a.m.
Matt Greenwood from Almighty Waste empties recycling bins along Acadia Avenue in Lewiston on Thursday morning.

How Lewiston could save $100,000: Recycle more

By Bonnie Washuk on April 22, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.

Cocker spaniel killed by neighboring bulldogs in Turner

By Bonnie Washuk on April 17, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
David Marsters is proposing an ordinance which mandates every Sabattus head of household own a gun.

Sabattus man wants every town resident to own a gun

By Bonnie Washuk on March 05, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
David Peterson and Jessica Gilliam, who each were homeless, met at the Hope Haven Gospel Mission in Lewiston and fell in love. On Saturday, March 2, they'll marry in the shelter's dining room.

Formerly homeless couple to marry at Hope Haven shelter

By Bonnie Washuk on Feb. 25, 2013, at 9:09 a.m.
Marriage will mean less benefits, but wife says love is most important
Lewiston schools Superintendent Bill Webster showed this photo of overturned chairs in a Lewiston classroom to legislators this week, explaining the damage was done by a first-grader who also broke the teacher's nose. He said the teacher could not touch the boy because the law prohibits it.

Superintendent: Maine’s law against restraint teaches students they can act out

By Bonnie Washuk on Feb. 23, 2013, at 9:34 a.m.

Edward Little teacher going to Kazakhstan

By Bonnie Washuk on Feb. 04, 2013, at 5:47 a.m.

Education official says Oxford Casino money will go to schools, but not this year

By Bonnie Washuk on Jan. 30, 2013, at 6:47 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a press conference in Portland on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Superintendents call LePage’s school aid push a ‘gimmick’

By Bonnie Washuk on Jan. 25, 2013, at 7:05 a.m.
Destiny Scott, left, Amber Bunnell, bottom, Ricky Black, second from left, Brianna Dyer and Tyler Smith are five of the 10 students from Franklin Alternative School in Auburn who are going to the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday.

Auburn students going to Obama’s inauguration

By Bonnie Washuk on Jan. 18, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
Rita Dube (left), former Franco-American Heritage Center executive director, talks with her longtime friend, Angela Murphy of Lewiston, during Dube's retirement party in Lewiston on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Franco Center says ‘merci’ to retired director who helped create the cultural venue

By Bonnie Washuk on Jan. 14, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
Lewiston Superintendent of Schools Bill Webster (second from right) goes over suggestions from parents Monday night with the redistricting committee, including (from left) Angie St. Hilaire, Jim Handy and Audrey Chapman.

Lewiston school redistricting committee rejects parents’ ideas, stays with plan

By Bonnie Washuk on Jan. 08, 2013, at 5:55 a.m.
Sen. Susan Collins in November.

Collins, Pingree say government should do more to prevent mentally ill from owning guns

By Bonnie Washuk on Dec. 20, 2012, at 8:07 a.m.